The graduation application is used to initiate the final degree audit and other preparations for graduating from Vermont Tech. The applications are due to the Office of the Registrar no later than November 26 for May graduations and April 26 for June graduations. Whether you plan to participate in the actual ceremony or not, the application and the graduation fee are required.
Students who have not completed their degree requirements may be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. In order to participate as a “walker”, students must within 7 credits of meeting their degree requirements and have departmental approval.
Graduates do not receive their diploma at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas are ordered during the summer after the final degree audits are completed. They will be mailed to graduates, normally around the end of July.
Non-graduates allowed to “walk” with their class without having completed their degree requirements must re-apply for graduation for the subsequent year when they have satisfactorily completed their degree requirements. There will be no additional fee, and the diplomas will be mailed with the next graduating class’s diplomas.
To be eligible to graduate, a student must:
- Have a 2.00 cumulative GPA
- Complete 30 of the last 39 credits at Vermont Tech
- Complete at least 50% of the coursework at Vermont Tech or 15 credits minimum for programs of fewer than two years
- Complete 60 credits minimum for an associate degree, 64 for ABET programs
- Complete 120 credits minimum for a bachelor’s degree
- Satisfy all financial obligations to Vermont Tech
- Apply for graduation
The department chairperson will submit program candidates who satisfy the above criteria, as attested by the Registrar, to the full college faculty for recommendation to graduate.
Time Limitation on Graduation Requirements
Students are expected to finish their degree programs with continuous enrollment in the specified number of terms outlined in the curriculum for their programs. Students who leave the college for a full term will be assigned the requirements for the catalog that is in effect for the year of their return. These students will be expected to meet any new requirements for that catalog year unless the sponsoring department approves an earlier catalog year.
Each student operates under degree requirements in effect at the time of initial acceptance as a degree candidate. If, after two years for a certificate, four years for an associate, or six years for a bachelor’s, the degree requirements have not been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.
A student participating in a college-sponsored, part-time degree program has two years from the conclusion of the last scheduled course in the sponsored program to complete the degree requirements. After this time, if the degree requirements have not been met, the student must satisfy the graduation requirements in effect during the student’s year of graduation.